Win for Walker at German Open

Sam Walker at the German Open. Pic by ITTF.
Sam Walker at the German Open. Pic by ITTF.

Sam Walker saved five match points as he pulled off a brilliant victory at the German Open.

The Worksop athlete was up against world No 193 Daniel Kosiba of Hungary in the qualifying stage but despite playing well, found himself 3-1 down.

He won the fifth to close the gap and levelled after saving one match point at 10-9 down in the sixth.

The seventh saw the players trade points up to 8-8 but Kosiba won the next two points. Again Walker dug deep to save those two match points, followed by two more at 10-11 and 11-12.

His own first match point at 13-12 went begging but his second chance did not as the Worksop man clinched it 15-13 for a final scoreline of 4-3 (11-13, 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 15-13).

However, Walker’s second group match was against world No 30 Bastian Steger of Germany, who dominated much of the match to seal a 4-0 (11-3, 11-6, 12-10, 11-3) victory, meaning Walker exited the competition.